Tuesday 5 July 2022

A NEW sub-strain of the coronavirus Omicron variant is driving a spike in cases in Hull and the East Riding, the latest figures indicate. A total of 644 new cases were recorded in the East Riding in the seven days up to Sunday, June 26, up by 21.1 per cent. The infection rate was 187.6 cases per 100,000 people.

In Hull in the same period there were 315 new cases, up by 19.8 per cent, with the infection rate 121.6 cases per 100,000 people. The total number of coronavirus cases in the East Riding since the start of the pandemic as of June 30, was 109,532, with 103,830 first episodes and 5,702 reinfections. 

BEVERLEY charity Beverley Community Lift is looking for donations of unwanted homeware for its charity shop in Sow Hill. The charity uses its minibuses to combat social and rural isolation by getting people out and about who are unable to use other means of transport.

EAST RIDING councillors have backed a call to lobby for more GPs and dentists after hearing one patient was in hospital for a week after failing to get an appointment. They backed a motion from Liberal Democrat Cllr Mike Heslop-Mullens which called for the Government to be lobbied over unacceptable numbers of GPs and dentists. 

Cllr Heslop-Mullens said research showed the East Riding had the third lowest number of GPs per 100,000 people, 80 on average and as low as 27 in coastal areas. Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Cllr Denis Healy said one local patient was in hospital for a week after calling 999 because they could not get an appointment.